This blog post asks: Is blog fatigue on the rise?

For some it’s the negativity that comes with putting yourself out there. Some people have run out of ideas. Some people have taken a look at the cost/benefit and decided it wasn’t worth it. And some just forget to post.

For me, one of the nice things about blogging is you can do it whenever you want and about whatever you want. Some people seem to view it more like an obligation, thinking they must post some certain amount of posts every month or week, or they must post only about certain topics, or whatever. I can understand why that might be fatiguing. But I don’t understand why some bloggers want to make that their goal in the first place. Unless you’re somehow making some good money blogging (which, to be fair, some people are, and plenty of fools are trying), why are you giving yourself another useless chore to do?

Instead, blog for yourself, purely out of your own interest, because you’re interested in having records of your own interesting thoughts. (That doesn’t mean your blog can’t be helpful; that might be what interests you. The point is that your own interest is the blog’s guiding light, not some self-created duty to society.) If you don’t post for a week, or a month, that doesn’t mean you’re tired of blogging, it just means you’re not interested sometimes, which is natural.

That’s why I’ve never understood when people write things like: “sorry I haven’t blogged in a while.” Or: “I promise to blog a lot more often from now on.” Um. OK. Thanks? Unless you’re a huge celebrity, it’s unlikely anyone really cares that much. And you’re not blogging for the world anyway, you don’t owe anyone your blog posts, and you don’t have to be sorry or explain yourself if you don’t post for a while.

As for the negativity: Yes, I agree the anonymity of the web can foster a greater amount of negativity, but why let it bother you? Someone insulting you doesn’t change who you are, and if they’re anonymous, they don’t even really know you anyway, so they’re not really insulting you personally.

If you just don’t like defending your point of view when people disagree with you, you don’t have to. Sometimes you’ll address an issue, and people will bring it up over and over. Just ignore those comments; if they were really seeking an answer (instead of just bating you on or overreacting emotionally themselves), they’d find your answer. If you’re afraid you’re point of view will make you look like an idiot, maybe you’re view is wrong. If you can’t admit that to yourself (after all, everyone is sometimes wrong), then you’ve probably got bigger problems than “blogging fatigue.” In my teens and early twenties (not long ago), I used to have arguments in online forums about things like music and art philosophy, and it was amazing how many people, adults in their 40s and 50s even, would get extremely defensive and insulted when someone dared disagree with them about something. I can certainly understand a certain debate getting old because people make the same old arguments over and over and aren’t really interested in reading what you write and addressing the points you’re making, but to avoid disagreements out of self-doubt or lack of confidence, and then still assuming your point of view is undoubtedly right, would make you a hypocrite. If you don’t have the confidence to question your own beliefs, then your beliefs will remain flimsy-wimsy, and why would you want that? I guess what I’m saying is: embrace disagreement. Not for the sake of itself, but for the sake of your own honest understanding of things, because sometimes you are wrong, or your understanding of something is at least incomplete. Don’t view disagreement itself as negativity (though, of course, emotional overreactions can be laced with disagreements and negativity, but you should be able to tell which is which; don’t use negativity as an excuse to not consider the disagreement).

OK, that was a bit of a digression, and I’m not sure disagreement was what was meant by “negativity” anyway, but I think it’s a huge possibility, considering the amount of people who lack the confidence to truly defend their point of view (or simply resort to emotional outbursts when they try to).

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